GIUSTO de' Menabuoi
(b. ca. 1320, Firenze, d. 1391, Firenze)

The Crucifixion

c. 1378
Baptistery, Padua

The large Crucifixion scene is located on the rear (east) wall of the space. It takes up the archetype of the densely populated Mount Calvary, but most of the figures are forced together into compact blocks, which, though they serve to clarify the spatial relationships, also produce an impression of monotony and overcrowding, for which the few figures that are emphasized - like the Virgin, who has fainted, St John, or the centurion who points at Christ - are not sufficient compensation.